Sir William Blakiston’s Regiment of Horse

Active1643 to 1646?
ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelSir William Blakiston
Area RaisedDurham
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesNewcastle 1643-4
Langdale 1644-5
Garrison 1646?

Royalist regiment of horse serving in Newcastle’s army, then with the Northern Horse

Service History


  • Spring: Raised
  • May: Stormed at Wakefield? (Capt William Lambton killed)
  • June: Battle of Adwalton Moor?
  • Serving in Newcastle's army


  • June: Skirmish at Warrington
  • July: Battle of Marston Moor
  • August: Battle of Ormskirk
  • September: Skirmish near Monmouth, Blakiston wounded
  • November: Relief of Donnington Castle
  • Winter: At Salisbury with the Northern Horse


  • February: Battle of Melton Mowbray
  • March: Battle of Pontefract
  • May: Storm of Leicester
  • June: Battle of Naseby, Lt Col John Thornton captured
  • August: Storm of Huntingdon
  • September: Battle of Rowton Heath
  • October: Battle of Sherburn in Elmet
  • October: Battle of Carlisle Sands
  • November: Besieged at Welbeck Abbey?


  • January: Blakiston made governor of Tutbury Castle
  • April: Besieged at Tutbury Castle


Newman provides a history of the regiment and biographies of its officers1)

Possibly at Wakefield, since Capt Lambton was killed there. However, Lambton's father led a regiment of foot in the garrison Sir William Lambton’s Regiment of Foot, so possibly he was just visiting.

Whether any remnant of the regiment remained with Blakiston to garrison Tutbury is not known.

Both Blakiston and Lt Col Thornton were also in arms in 1648, Blakiston was captured at Appleby, Thorton perhaps at Coquet Water. Blakiston fought in 1651, possible as Lieutenant in the Duke of Buckingham’s Regiment of Horse.


Notable Officers

Lists of officers are shown in The Royalist Army in Northern England 1642-45 (2 vols) Peter R Newman, PhD Thesis, The University of York, 1978.

Sir William Blakiston

Sir William, a Blakiston Baronet led brigades of the Northern Horse at Marston Moor and Naseby. He fought in 1648, and was captured at Appleby, he was in arms again in 1651, and was captured either at Worcester or at Wigan Lane.


See Also

1) The Royalist Army in Northern England 1642-45 (2 vols) Peter R Newman, PhD Thesis, The University of York, 1978